One step at a time, Gibbs on Eng­land as­pi­ra­tions

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KIERAN GIBBS ad­mit­ted he would not de­serve a place in the World Cup squad without gain­ing fur­ther ex­pe­ri­ence in Arse­nal’s first team.

The left-back is pres­suris­ing the place of Gaël Clichy at Arse­nal and is also in Fabio Capello’s thoughts af­ter ex­cel­lent per­for­mances in the Car­ling Cup and the Euro­pean Un­der-21 Cham­pi­onships.

His man­ager, Arsene Wenger, has said he is ready for an in­ter­na­tional call-up, but Gibbs is aware that Capello rarely picks any player for Eng­land un­less he is play­ing reg­u­lar club foot­ball.

That leaves Ashley Cole as the first-choice left-back and Manch­ester City’s Wayne Bridge as un­der­study. The place of Bridge, though, could come un­der threat if Gibbs gets more chances with Arse­nal.

“I don’t de­serve to get a World Cup call be­cause I’ve nowhere near the ex­pe­ri­ence that a lot of the play­ers do, and I’ve a great deal to prove yet.” said Gibbs. “I… still have a lot of work to do to earn a place – I don’t want to be called up be­cause of some­one else’s dis­ap­point­ment, I want to be se­lected be­cause I’m de­serv­ing of it.” – The Tele­graph

THINK­ING AHEAD: Kieran Gibbs

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